Artist Highlight: Davie Celebrates New EP, “Black Gospel Vol. 1”, with Concert in DTLA

Artist Highlight: Davie Celebrates New EP, “Black Gospel Vol. 1”, with Concert in DTLA

I remember going to a concert for the recently formed girl group, June’s Diary, in the Fall of 2016. Myself and the other patrons were all very excited to see the girls perform as this was one of their first shows since forming on a reality show created by Kelly Rowland and Frank Gatson. What’s funny though, is that excitement quickly turned into anxiety when we all realized there were going to be five opening acts before our girls were even going to be on stage. Mind you, I personally didn’t know any of the names on the bill, so you could imagine the frustration that began to mount in the room.  In any case, all of the acts proved to be very talented artists in respects to R&B, but one in particular really stood out to me as a powerhouse vocalist and performer. He goes by the name, DAVIE, and that day, I immediately turned into a fan. The track that specifically caught my ear was called “Testify”, a track with lots of energy and soul, to which Davie exuded as he engaged his music with the audience. Almost a year later, Davie is ready to embark on the 2nd leg of a US tour, releasing a brand new EP, and celebrating that release with his own show in Downtown L.A at The Resident. Davie sat with me and SoCal Magazine to talk about his new EP, Black Gospel Vol. 1, his upcoming show, and the message that he wants his listeners to get from his music.

Let’s take it back to the June’s Diary show. The girls were just coming off their successful show on BET, Chasing Destiny, so they had a solid following.  How did you get the opportunity to open for them? There’s this really awesome company in the community called Industry LA that partners with various events around L.A., particularly live concerts and showcases in the R&B space. A friend of mine who works with the girls on vocals connected me with the opportunity as they were specifically looking for openers to the show. I submitted one of my songs, and was selected as one of the openers.

You joined the Safe Haven Tour this past May and completed the East Coast leg this Summer.  Tell us about that experience as you prep to start the West Coast dates next week. I love being connected with artists that do the hard work when it comes to their music. The artist I’m opening for on the tour, Ruth B., is an excellent songwriter and performer, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to be a part of the tour, I jumped on it.  Our first show was in Nashville, TN, which was so exciting for me, because I’ve always felt connected to that city as a songwriter.  It was just the perfect way to start a tour like this.

You’re releasing a brand new EP on August 25th, aptly titled Black Gospel Vol. 1.  What does “Black Gospel” mean to you and what message do you want that to convey to your audience? My musical history stems deeply in the black church, where culturally, everyone sings and there’s an organ.  That was my musical foundation, Gospel music within the black church.  My experience as a black male felt very celebrated where I grew up, but as I’ve grown and traveled, I had to take in what it was like to be ostracized just for being different.  When I use the word black, I don’t immediately use it to define race, either.  Black has often been used to describe something negative and villainous, and then gospel is seen as something positive and uplifting.  I connected those words with the purpose of delivering a message of good news to anyone who’s ever felt ostracized or like they don’t have a place in this world.  I feel like my mission is to create music for everyone; to create a moment where we can all just jam.  I want to bring people to together with good music, and that’s what I aim to do when I’m on tour.  I’m taking the feeling I got listening to gospel in the black church and infusing that with Pop culture to bring people together of all cultures and backgrounds.

How have your fans been reacting to the snippets you’ve shared on social media so far? It’s crazy because I think they’ve reacted well to it seeing as how my audience has grown with me.  Most of them were introduced to me about two years ago because I was an opening act for Selena Gomez, where they were exposed to me as a wholesome, Disney type of artist. Honestly, I was a little scared to lose them as I got older because the world changes so much, and my music reflects that. This is my first project where I’m talking about very real things, and I think my audience respects that. It’ll be interesting to see how they handle the full EP with my thoughts on challenging systematic thoughts we have about church, God, and being black.

To promote and celebrate the EP release, you’re having a show at The Resident in downtown Los Angeles.  What can people expect from the performance?  Expect to have a good time and to be connected to the music along with the message.  I want everyone to feel like we are all One and that we are all hoping to further the message of Love. For 45 minutes to an hour, I want people to not thinking about their worries, bills, whatever, and to hopefully make some friends with people that they may have never met elsewhere. I want to bond people through the music.

      

Black Gospel Vol. 1 releases August 25th, 2017 on all digital platforms: Spotify, iTunes, and Apple Music.  Physical EP’s will be available exclusively on tour. To purchase tickets for Davie’s Los Angeles show, Click Here.  Make sure to follow Davie on Instagram: @musicbydavie

#FlashbackFriday: 90’s Nostalgia Comes to Life with Nickelodeon X Love Tribe Collection

#FlashbackFriday: 90’s Nostalgia Comes to Life with Nickelodeon X Love Tribe Collection

Nostalgia hit me heavy when I found out about the latest collaboration between Hybrid Apparel’s line, Love Tribe and Nickelodeon. This new collection is all about taking it back to Millennial childhood by making a nod to 90’s cartoon classics that so many of us grew up on, and personally, I’m loving every single piece! My favorite pieces include characters from hit shows like Rugrats, All That, and Hey Arnold!. You can also find pieces that feature quotes and characters from Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

According to the Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers of Hybrid Apparel, Bonnie Dogan explained that the collection was actually in the works for a while now. She says,

We have been partners with Nickelodeon for a long time, building an incredible relationship together. We love their creativity, and combining their vision with ours was the perfect recipe for an inspiring unique apparel line. There is nothing better then remembering the past, and the things we watched and loved while growing up.

The Nickelodeon collection a retro style for fashionable millennial women. The garments possess a “throwback” feel, having been made with materials such as terry cloth and jersey, and include trendy slogans such as “Trust Me, I’m a Rugrat,” featuring Chucky Finster from Rugrats and “Haters Gonna Hate,” featuring Arnold from Hey Arnold!.

Love Tribe X Nickelodeon has officially launched this week in stores and online at Macys.com, but the line will officially kick off nationwide with a special event at Macy’s Herald Square in New York at 2:00 pm on August 26, 2017.

Make sure to follow Love Tribe on Instagram here:  @lovetribeapparel

 

 

Rumba Presents “Orchard Love” collection X James Goldcrown

Rumba Presents “Orchard Love” collection X James Goldcrown

Last weekend, I attended Beautycon LA and made sure to make the rounds across all of the different vendor booths.  I remember distinctly the #lovewall mural at the Rumba booth and found out it was in celebration of their latest partnership with artist, James Goldcrown.  The watches are gorgeous and the design is a beautiful nod to NYC street art.  See below for all official details on the collaboration, as long as where to purchase this great timepiece.

Contemporary accessories brand Rumba announces the global launch of their limited edition collaboration with artist James Goldcrown. The artist behind NYC’s most photographed street art designed the watch, with each timepiece featuring Goldcrown’s signature etched into the case back.

Named Orchard Love, this custom timepiece will be available for pre-order on RumbaTime.com on August 15, 2017.
Known for on-trend watches and accessories, Rumba is excited to partner with James Goldcrown who debuted the new style last weekend at BeautyCon LA on August 12th featuring an original “Lovewall” created for the collaboration. As friends, James Goldcrown and Rumba CEO Drew Deters wanted to work together to create a style that shares their passion of art, design, adventure, and spreading the message of love around the world.

Working with James has been a rewarding project for the brand,” says Deters, “his artwork is loved, represents love,
and is so aspirational. James’ work hits Rumba’s audience and aesthetic perfectly, it just seemed like a natural fit.

The Limited Edition Orchard Love watch features an alloy 32mm case etched with LOVE on the side, as well as the special heart pattern on the dial and crown. The genuine leather strap comes in black, white, and pink with hearts embossed on the back of the strap. Drawing inspiration from New York City, each Rumba collection is named after streets and areas of the iconic city, delivering the same vibrancy and level of style you find in these neighborhoods. As the artist of NYC’s #bleedinghearts #lovewall popular murals, the Rumba x James Goldcrown collaboration is a quintessential partnership. Notable social media stars have featured the artist including Eva Chen, Chiara Ferragni, Rocky Barnes, while Rumba celebrity fans include Olivia Palermo, Lucy Hale, and Kelsea Ballerini. The Rumba x James Goldcrown limited edition Orchard Love watch will be available for $75 on RumbaTime.com and other select retailers.

  

Drag Queen Bingo at DOMAIN!

Drag Queen Bingo at DOMAIN!

You’re cordially invited to enjoy and experience L.A.’s Number One Drag Queen Bingo brought to you by Jeffery Bowman, who started the craze at Hamburger Mary’s in WeHo!  This weekend’s Bingo event will be hosted on the beautiful deck of West Hollywood’s newest addition, Domain WeHo!

The night will feature Bingo Boy and Ingenue calling the balls, along with complimentary beverages, snacks, and amazing prizes for the winners including Hamburger Mary’s gift cards, Bingo Boy merchandise, and more!  

Domain Weho is located at 7141 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

Bingo is from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Paid parking available in building (Entrance on Formosa Ave.) or on side streets (Detroit or Formosa). Uber or Lyft is always ideal

PLATFORM LA Presents, Underpass: Summer 2017 Block Party

PLATFORM LA Presents, Underpass: Summer 2017 Block Party

Platform in Culver City will host their annual summer block party on Saturday, August 19th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.  Enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, along with exclusive in-store discounts and gifts with purchase as every tenant is participating.  Music provided by DJ KiddKitt.  This is a 21+  event completely open to the public, just make sure to RSVP at the link below for entry!

RSVP: https://platformla.com/underpass/

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